Demo reviews vol. 64 (NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS)!

Whattup everyone…It’s the moment all the self loathers have been waiting for! I’m opening up the flood gates once again for demo submissions. If you have a song you’d like me to review, now is your time to both shine and possibly get shit on as well. However, before you just submit me something. There are rules. PLEASE READ THESE CLOSELY BEFORE SUBMITTING ANYTHING TO ME. They are crucial to your demo even making it to the review process.
1)The header on the email must say “Demo review”
2)If you’ve already submitted, DO NOT submit again. You had your fun now it’s other people’s turn. This includes producers working with new rappers.
3)Send me ONE SONG. Pick your song that is your favorite or the one that best exemplifies your music and shoot it over here. I’m not going to listen to your whole ep.
4)This time around, I’ll only be accepting songs that can be heard via a link. So, no loose mp3′s or myspace pages. I want soundcloud, bandcamp or you can even upload it to an upload site (like, hulkshare ect…) that allows the songs to stream. Basically, the streaming part is crucial. If this is something you cannot do, you probably shouldn’t be sending me music in the first place. I also accept youtube video links but, seriously, how you gonna have that be your only form of streaming music online. Soundcloud is free. just sign up and put a song up there.
5)Demo MUST contain original production. I don’t want mixtapes of you rapping over other peoples tracks. I want actual songs. About once a week, I review something only to find out it’s some rare madlib track the person jacked. If you send me something, I want it to 100% be made by you. Sampling is sampling but taking another person finished rap beat and calling it your own is not okay.
6)budding producers: don’t just send me some random beat you made. I want a finished product. If your shit is called “Untitled beat” I will throw it right in the trash. If you made a beat but it’s just drums and a loop, i don’t want it. i want something you’d consider a song that can stand on it’s own. A rap beat with a subtle change does not a song make.

That’s about it for the rules. But there’s more…You must also accept that I will be reviewing your music honestly. I don’t know you. You aren’t my homeboy. I may write some shit you don’t wanna hear/accept. Just know it’s possible you will not be happy with the review. Butthurt responses will be clowned on properly. Trust me, I’m as familiar with internet criticism as any person who makes music for a living. It sucks but it’s part of the deal. After all, you’re sending me your music so I can review it. what else do you expect? By submitting, you’re pretty much agreeing to possibly being let down.
It should also be noted that , genre wise, I’m a rap guy. I like rap music. This can work both for and against you people sending me rap as I will be highly critical of it but there’s also a chance I might actually like it. If it were up to me, I’d ONLY review rap demos. Where as with other genres (particularly instrumental music and electronic type shit) I don’t really listen to that kinda stuff. Feel free to send it but just know my ceiling of enjoyment for that kind of music is typically pretty low. Ironic, I know…but it’s the reality of things.

Got it? good.
So, send away to my email
I’m gonna keep the submission progress open for about a week so you have ample time to get your shit together.
Good luck and godspeed.

All that said, here’s this weeks batch. It pretty rough at times. I’m not even gonna lie.
Don’t forget to vote for your favorite at the bottom.

Artist: Wally Clark
Song: Hibiscus

This is some pimped out spoken word poetry. Now, I pretty much hate most spoken word. That’s just me though. That said, this doesn’t bother me. It’s pretty entertaining, actually. The beat seems like just a loop but there might be some live instruments. I honestly can’t tell. My money is on a straight loop. If so, pretty lazy guys. But , I can’t front, it’s effective.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:6 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

Artist:My name is RS
Song: Boot camp

I don’t know what to say about this other than it’s kind of a mess. The change ups make no sense. It sounds like someone throwing everything at the wall and seeing sticks. Then it flips up into a totally different beat that has nothing to do with any other part. It’s tonally a disaster. Yeah…this has a lot of problems.
Production:3.5 out of 10
Listenability:2 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

ArtistL Rhapsodic
Song: Animals

Sigh…I’ve got slight issues with this tonally but , more than anything, this just seems kind of like some middle of the road sounds slapped together. It definitely improves as it goes on but it’s still pretty amateur sounding. The drums and plug in’s are just not doing it for me. To be fair, this is also a genre (what the hell genre is this?) that I have zero interest in so I’m clearly not the target audience.
Production:4 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Owen Moore
Song: Glass

This one is hard to classify. There’s rap but he’s kinda singing. He sort of sounds like
the Linkin Park guy in the beginning. Later, he raps normal and it improves things. Not great but there’s some potential there.
The beat is pretty shoddy. It’s just not mixed well and the drums sounds are odd. The changes are a little iffy tonally.
I will say that both the rapper and the producer are headed in the right direction though. Perhaps stop trying to do so much and focus more of simplicity. Rapper, just rap. Producer, just make a less intricate beat. Save the more complicated stuff for when you’re technical skill catches up with your ideas.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals:5.5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: The Dads
Song: Lorax

I love the opening loop. It got me excited for the song. Then , the filters come in and kinda killed it. I get the idea but it doesn’t really work cause the bass line is so thin. They would almost be better off just not filtering it.
The rapping is okay. Not bad at all cause both guys can flow and have good voices. Not exactly interesting either but, let’s be honest, comparatively, it’s a breath of fresh air in these demo reviews.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:5.5 out of 10
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Hanabii
Song:Believe in me that believes in me

If I know your sample off the bat, it’s not a good sign. The guitar loop from Eternal sunshine is cool but it’s been done. If I ignore that, this is kinda cool, ethereal and glitchy. I wouldn’t mind more to happen with the drums. The ones in there currently sound like placeholders. Overall, It’s a decent start but it needs more work.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:3.5 out of 10

Artist: D.M. Creative productions
Song: Is it raining on you

Was this produced by drunken keyboard cat?
This is a total mess on every level. The beat is REALLY bad. Bad sounds, tonally off, bad drums.
The rapping isn’t much better. If this was a performance art piece I might give it a little room to breath but none of these people should be releasing music into the ether at this point. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t at some point but there are so many kinks to iron out at this point, they need to go back to the lab and serious reevaluate what they’re trying to achieve musically. points for originality though. Can’t say I heard songs like this…ever.
Production:1 out of 10
Vocals:3 out of 10
Listenability:1 out of 10
Originality:5.5 out of 10

Artist: Revue
Song: Fire here

Before i even get into the music, you guys need a new mic and someone who can mix music. This is a shit show , sonically.
Outside of that, there is potential. The beat actual could be okay with some better engineering and if they remove that change that comes in around 1:00. That doesn’t work.
The rapping is decent. She definitely has something to say and I can appreciate that. Skill wise, she’s not quite there yet though. Sounds more like a writer than a rapper. That can improve over time though.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

What do you think?

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